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Water Proofing Your Commercial Building

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Is your Laurel, MS business in a building that is comfortable, dry and weatherproof? If so, thank the heroes responsible for exterior maintenance. It is their job to keep your building maintained. Proper maintenance ensures that the weather stays outside where it belongs.

Damage to the exterior lets in the weather. Some, like broken windows, is obvious and demands immediate attention. Other damage starts tiny and grows into serious maintenance problems.

Examples of minor damage are:

Small holes in siding
Loose or cracked windows
Gaps around vents, pipes and other exterior features
Damaged masonry
Routine Inspections Are the Key to Preventive Maintenance

Every building has problems that are easy to overlook. They don’t interfere with the business operation, so they go unreported. The first step in fixing them is finding them. The best way to identify them is through a complete building inspection. Think of this as a close inspection of the building with the help of a checklist. Here are some of the tasks that an exterior maintenance inspection might include:

1. Inspect the roof. Look for areas where the roofing material needs repair. Check the vents, air conditioner and other features attached to the roof to make sure they won’t leak. Check the gutters and downspouts. Make sure that rain water will flow down and away from the building.
2. Inspect the walls. Look for openings that might let water in. A structural engineer can help you determine if there is water damage.
3. Inspect the masonry. Areas that are failing might provide a path for water to get inside. Bring in a professional to check the situation.
4. Inspect the doors and windows. Make sure that they stop the flow of air and water.
Some exterior maintenance problems can’t wait.

One of these is water damage. There are local water damage restoration specialists ready to come to your aid. They are just a phone call away.

High Traffic Areas

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Laurel often is involved in both maintaining and restoring high traffic areas on floors in both businesses and residential areas. Floors that are exposed to high traffic can often become an unbecoming part of a business or residence. Recently SERVPRO of Laurel stripped and waxed floors in a local church and the result was AMAZING! While restoring the worn areas of rugs, carpets, and hard surfaces is possible, routine upkeep and maintenance can add life to your high traffic areas. SERVPRO specializes in both areas and constantly produce results that are not only pleasing to the customer but are also above and beyond the expectations of most. If you have floors that are in need of deep cleaning and restoration or are just interested in extending the life and appeal of your floors... contact SERVPRO of Laurel for more information. 601-425-0119

Do you know what is in your ductwork?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Ducts What is Lurking in Your Ducts?

DO you know what is in your ductwork?

Often what we cannot see gets ignored or overlooked. The ventilation systems in our homes are often the reason for poor air quality, and health effects because of what is hiding in the duct work. Unattended ductwork can circulate odors, mold, and other potential health effects in your home or business.

SERVPRO of Laurel offers services that will both inspect and clean your ductwork to rid them of such contaminants. Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can definitely extend the life of your system and allow it to run at its best. This can save you both heartache and money. SERVPRO also uses patented equipment to examine your ductwork and system and also clean out dust and grime. Not all ductwork or HVAC systems will need cleaning but SERVPRO of Laurel will still give you recommendations on how to improve air quality and maintain your system. SERVPRO's process will give you peace of mind and save you money!

Get started today by giving SERVPRO of Laurel at (601) 425-0119!

Do you have a Fire Extinguisher?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

You could save your home from fire with a fire extinguisher at your ready.

Close your eyes and imagine. You’re at home, or maybe in the office, and you smell ... smoke? Definitely smoke. Fire! You don’t panic, because you’re not the type and you’re prepared. You grab the nearest fire extinguisher, find the flames. You get ready, aim.... and suddenly realize you don’t know how this thing works.

Fire extinguishers can be the first line of defense if fire breaks out in your home or business, but they won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use them or have the wrong extinguisher for the job. When it comes to fire, plan, prepare and remain calm. Knowing how, when and why to use your fire extinguisher—not to mention which fire extinguisher to use—will increase both your safety and peace of mind knowing you can protect you and your belonging from fire damage.

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Home or office, when a fire breaks out you have moments to decide: fight or flight? If you feel even the slightest doubt about handling it yourself, move everyone to a safe place and call 911. Ditto if you don’t know how to use your extinguisher or aren’t sure it’s the right class for the fire you’re fighting; better to let the pros handle it than to try to navigate the learning curve mid-fire.

If you decide you can safely put out the fire, grab the extinguisher and get busy, after you locate a safe way out. If you spot a clear exit but it doesn’t look to stay clear long, get out now.

What Kind of Extinguisher to Use
Home- and business owners can choose from five types of fire extinguishers:

  • Class A: for a fire involving normal combustibles and flammables, including cloth, paper and wood
  • Class B: for a fire involving flammable liquids like gas, oil, paint, paint thinner and solvents
  • Class C: to fight a fire involving electrical equipment/appliances that are plugged in and receiving power—electric drills, table saws, computer equipment, televisions, wiring and fuse boxes, for example
  • Class D: to put out a fire involving combustible metals—magnesium, sodium, zirconium, etc. (Note: Don’t try to fight this kind of fire unless you’ve been specifically trained for it!)
  • Class K: for fires typically found in restaurants, involving cooking oil and commercial-grade cooking equipment

Some fires involve several or all of the above. Fortunately, fire extinguishers are labeled not only with the types of fire they’re designed to fight, but with the types of fire you should avoid using them on. Example: Never use a Class A extinguisher on a Class B or C fire—the results could be deadly!

Fire Extinguisher How-to

  1. Stand six to eight feet away from the flames.
  2. Make sure you have a clear exit, in case the fire spreads or flames out of control.
  3. Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever.
  4. Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
  5. Press the lever located above the handle to release the agent.
  6. Use a back-and-forth sweeping motion to saturate the base of the fire until the flames are extinguished.
  7. Continue the process if the fire re-ignites.
  8. If the fire doesn’t go out or spreads, get to safety.

Extinguisher Safety Tips

  • Install fire extinguishers in areas where fires are likely to break out, including kitchens and break rooms.
  • Check periodically to make sure all fire extinguishers are fully charged.
  • Show every family member or employee where the fire extinguishers and fire alarms are located.
  • Train yourself, your loved ones and your co-workers to use the equipment properly.

Even with a fire extinguisher, some fire damage will occur. When this happens, call your local SERVPRO at 601-425-0119.

SERVPRO has many methods of Deodrization.

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Deodorize A few of SERVPRO's many machines used to deodorize a customers home or business.

SERVPRO of Laurel has many methods to deodorize a nuisance odor in your home or business.  We have several specialized deodorizers which are applied by ULV and Thermal Foggers.  We also have Ozone Generators for those hard to eliminate odors.  Hydroxyl Generators are another tool we have for eliminating unpleasant odors.  We can help make that problem odor "Like it never even happened."

Thermal fogging uses a special solvent or water based deodorizer that is heated and applied as a dry fog.  This allows the deodorizer to get into all areas of the structure.

Ozone is used to oxidize organic odors such as smoke, pet odors, mildew, organic pollutants and more without the use of chemicals.  This is done by the ozone machine using an electrical current to split oxygen molecules it the air (O2) resulting in a free oxygen molecule which reattached to the oxygen in the air and resulting (O3) ozone.  Ozone can only be used when humans, plants, and animals are not in the area.  The area needs to be dry when using ozone because it can cause bleaching if the area is wet.

Hydroxyl generators are used in a method similar to ozone, but can be ran in occupied areas.  If ozone can be used for one day, hydroxyl generators will typically take three to five days.  The results are similar to ozone but are safer because people do not have to be removed from the home or business.

If your experiencing odors in your home or business, give SERVPRO of Laurel the opportunity to make that odor "Like it never even happened."

ERP Be Prepared When a Disaster Happens

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

When Disaster strikes you can be ruined or you can be Ready.  As a business owner you always want to make sure you have emergency contacts close by in case anything unexpected happens.  We have seen the Stress experienced by business owners during trying and unexpected times and have helped bring control back to your business.   SERVPRO realizes that you might not think about the unexpected things that might happen to your business; fire, flooding, tornado damage, etc. 

That's why we have our Emergency Ready Program available to you! Our ERP, Emergency Ready Profile is the best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster, plan for it now! As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
 The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”  Give us a call today and set up your ERP

Tips for Safety during a Tornado.

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Tornadoes in Mississippi can be rampant this time of year because of the ever-changing weather.

Here are some tips for being weather aware:

If you are at home during a tornado:

Go to a windowless interior room on the lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller room without windows.

Get away from windows.

Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.

Get under a heavy piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.

If you are at work or school during a tornado:

Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.

Avoid places with wide-pan roof such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or shopping malls.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.

Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.

If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

As always, if SERVPRO of Laurel can help in any way, give us a call at 601-425-0119

Water proofing your commercial building

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Inspect Your Commercial Building and Keep It Weatherproof


Is your Laurel,MS business in a building that is comfortable, dry and weatherproof? If so, thank the heroes responsible for exterior maintenance. It is their job to keep your building maintained. Proper maintenance ensures that the weather stays outside where it belongs.

Damage to the exterior lets in the weather. Some, like broken windows, is obvious and demands immediate attention. Other damage starts tiny and grows into serious maintenance problems.

Examples of minor damage are:

Small holes in siding
Loose or cracked windows
Gaps around vents, pipes and other exterior features
Damaged masonry
Routine Inspections Are the Key to Preventive Maintenance

Every building has problems that are easy to overlook. They don’t interfere with the business operation, so they go unreported. The first step in fixing them is finding them. The best way to identify them is through a complete building inspection. Think of this as a close inspection of the building with the help of a checklist. Here are some of the tasks that an exterior maintenance inspection might include:

1. Inspect the roof. Look for areas where the roofing material needs repair. Check the vents, air conditioner and other features attached to the roof to make sure they won’t leak. Check the gutters and downspouts. Make sure that rain water will flow down and away from the building.
2. Inspect the walls. Look for openings that might let water in. A structural engineer can help you determine if there is water damage.
3. Inspect the masonry. Areas that are failing might provide a path for water to get inside. Bring in a professional to check the situation.
4. Inspect the doors and windows. Make sure that they stop the flow of air and water.
Some exterior maintenance problems can’t wait.

One of these is water damage. SERVPRO of Laurel has water damage restoration specialists ready to come to your aid. They are just a phone call away. 601-425-0119

Water Mitigation

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to water damage, it is important to remember that it doesn’t take a major flood or a hurricane to cause severe damage to your home. Most water damage problems are actually the result of a small leak that goes undetected over a long period of time. By the time you notice it, it is too late. Your drywall can become swollen and stained, ceilings could be sagging, carpets ruined, floors warped and it could pose a threat to your home’s electrical system. 

Whether you’ve discovered water damage from a broken or leaky pipe, a sewer line break, a sink or toilet overflow, or a malfunctioning appliance like a water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or refrigerator in your home, our flood damage technicians are equipped to handle any problem 24 hours a day.

Potential Dangers From Water Damage.

Something as small as above average humidity levels are more than enough to cause you problems, namely in the form of mold, mildew, and other potentially dangerous toxins. According to the CDC you should keep the moisture levels in your inhabitable spaces between 40% to 60%.

Obviously, standing water will damage flooring, drywall and other similar materials on your property; but just the elevated moisture content in the air can lead to future issues such as MOLD! Molds slowly destroy the things they grow on, and if left unchecked, can cause serious structural damage.

 Fast Response

The key to proper restoration is fast response time. The sooner you call SERVPRO of Laurel,  the faster our team of certified service technicians can get to work to make the water damage "Like it never even happened."

 Our water damage services include:

  • Water extraction
  • Structural drying
  • Damage Assessments
  • Mold Remediation
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Debris Removal
  • Upholstery & Carpet Cleaning
  • HVAC Duct Cleaning
  • Structural Repair

We strive for exceptional customer service.

Our top priorities are safety, quality, and exceptional customer service. We are an emergency restoration company that provides service to both residential and commercial clients. If you have flooding of any kind, our trained and certified technicians can handle any and all water damage situations. We make sure that any affected area is professionally cleaned, deodorized and sanitized. SERVPRO of Laurel is available to handle any opportunity 24 hours a day. 601-425-0119

Helpful tips for your property

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a franchise company. SERVPRO has been in business for over 50 years. Experience, coupled with training, has made given them quite a bit of knowledge to pass on to their clients. SERVPRO of Laurel is owned and staffed by highly trained and specialized personnel that really desire to help you in whatever  cleanup or recovery situation you find yourself in. There are many things that you can do and many you shouldn't do before SERVPRO arrives to help you with your fire, water damage, smoke damage, vandalism, or even harmful waste issues. The "do's and don'ts" so to speak.

For instance with fire or smoke damage -

DO

. Limit your movement in the home or business to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery or carpets

. Keep your hands clean. Soot transfers easily and can damage many surfaces including woodwork

DON'T

attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Laurel

. Consume any canned or packaged food or beverage that may have been close to the fire

With Water Damage..

DO

. Shut off water source if possible

. Turn off circuit breakers fro wet areas of the building

DON'T

. Enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may exist

. Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet

Be prepared for all emergencies by learning all you can about what to do until help arrives.

An extensive list can be obtained by calling SERVPRO of Laurel  

601-425-0119